My practice has been based at Whitehouse Farm, Stannington, for over 40 years which sounds like a long time.
Over the years it’s changed from exhibition work to working to commission, something which is challenging and interesting (but not always easy) to create a response for a particular client. Every commission grows my practice – the current one is particularly large, up to 8’x 3’ (2m44 x 1m) which will be a challenge of scale, especially using gold thread embroidery on sari silks, organza and dissolvable fabric.
I particularly love landscapes, birds and details of flowers whether as figurative work or as repetitive aspects of a decorative design. Other projects need specific research – like ecclesiastical stoles which require a sense of theatre and a spiritual message using seasonal colours – which also grows my practice.
Embroidery is the art of detail and texture, surfaces and stitches, fabrics and threads, research and inspiration.